John Obi Mikel
Goal.com Nigeria fans have voted for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel as the best Nigerian footballer of 2012.
Mikel polled 36.82 per cent of votes cast to edge out Chelsea team mate Victor Moses to second place. Moses earned 26.35 per cent of votes that were cast on the Goal.com website during the past weekend.
Goal.com is the biggest football website in the world and its Nigerian edition receives more than 28 million hits every month, representing a huge chunk of the Nigerian football fan base.
Lolade Adewuyi, chief editor, said that the fans selected Mikel based on his achievements in the past year where he won the UEFA Champions League as well as the English FA Cup with Chelsea.
“Mikel was very productive in the past year and crowned it with impressive performances in key matches that ensured he got two winners medals with his club,” said Adewuyi. “We are glad that our fans have participated in this process to select a worthy athlete in our maiden Nigeria player of the year award.”
CSKA forward Ahmed Musa came third with 20.28 per cent of votes while Kano Pillars' Reuben Gabriel finished fourth in the poll as he experienced a break out year with the Nigeria Premier League champions. Gabriel polled 9.73 per cent.
Montpellier's John Utaka got 6.82 per cent as he resuscitated his career by winning the French title.